Cricket Ireland has expanded the range of contracts it is offering for 2021 to Ireland’s Women International cricketers.

The first part-time professional contracts for women were offered in 2019, and six contracts were offered again in 2020. A seventh has now been added for 2021.

As a boost to the women’s game, a new category of non-retainer contracts was introduced in 2020, which benefitted players year-round through the provision of medical and healthcare insurance, Sports science support, loss of earnings during competition periods and match fees for all international matches.

12 of these non-retainer contracts are being offered to players for 2021, the largest support package ever for the senior game in Ireland.

“We’re pleased that we have been able to further increase our contracts in the women’s game, despite the challenges that 2020 has brought us all,” said High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth.

“2021 will be a crucial year for Irish women’s cricket – with a 50-over World Cup Qualifier in the offing and the ICC Women’s Championship approaching, it is critical that we prepare the squad for the battles ahead and give them the best chance to succeed.”

“While it was highly unfortunate that the senior women’s squad saw their international home season and the 50-over World Cup Qualifier lost in 2020, we were very pleased to see a full eight-match Super 50 Series played out in such a competitive and high standard manner,” added Carrie Archer, Chair of the National Women’s Selectors.

“The two teams fought out a great series, and that it came down to a tense decider in the last match was also a plus – such intense, tightly-contested cricket will only do the players well as we look towards an important few years ahead for the national side.”

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